Rotterdam, if you have followed my series on this city from the beginning, you know this city was destroyed in the second World War, hence this city contains mostly modern buildings. But since the beginning of the existence of Rotterdam, when the city was still a little village called Rotta, growing has never stopped.
A few facts on Rotterdam:
- Area: 325.79 square kilometers
- Population: almost 625.000
- Population density: 2900 people per square kilometer
- Population origin: 50% native Dutch people, 50% immigrants
- Elevation: 0 meters
Some other facts:
- Highest building: Maastoren, 165 meters high (the most left building in the image above)
- Death-birth ratio in 2014: 5.500 deaths and 8.000 new borns
- Education: more than 32.000 go to university, just over 21.000 go to an intermediate vocational education and about 30.000 go to high school
- Average income: 29.600 euros per year per household
I have stayed in some hotels in Rotterdam, and although it is not New York, this city never sleeps (what kept me awake too much at night). Funny fact though: the construction of new high buildings next to the river Maas, gave the area of the city the nickname “Manhattan at the Maas”.
In one of the hotels I stayed, the personal were kind enough to give me access to a balcony, giving me the opportunity to take the shot below among others. One of their employees guided me through the staff entrance, so I could take some pictures. How kind was that?!
But deep down in Rotterdam, if you keep your eyes open, still some of the old harbours and buildings are visible. Showing that even this modern city, once was a small village.